Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

May 19, 2004

Fishing for halibut will close May 20 in Neah Bay and LaPush areas

Action: Close recreational fishing for Pacific halibut in the northern coastal waters.

Effective date: 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, 2004

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Catch Record Areas 3 and 4, which extend from the Queets River north to the Canadian border and inside the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Sekiu River.

Reason for action: The first portion of the catch quota for Pacific halibut in these areas is projected to be taken by the end of the day Thursday, May 20.

Other information: Fishing for halibut in other areas are not affected by this action. Halibut fishing will remain open in Puget Sound east of the Sekiu River (except the waters between the Sekiu River and Low Point which remain closed until May 27).

Information contact: Michele Robinson, (360) 586-6129 ext 211.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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